Home care workers are negotiating their contract in hopes the state will allocate some of the $17.6 billion surplus to improve pay and benefits—a test of the state’s Democratic trifecta’s will to solve a crisis for disabled people and their caregivers.
In the 1960s, more than a third of seniors lived in poverty. Federal programs like Medicare to help the elderly, the situation improved significantly. But last year, the poverty rate for those 65 or older increased, even as it sank for everyone else.
Especially living in a region, in a country where these systems were never intended for people like me to thrive, I can't keep relying and counting on the court... Our folks will always come together to make sure that we have what we need.
Gideon Lukens and Breanna Sharer
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The 2.2 million uninsured adults with incomes below the poverty line who were caught in the Medicaid “coverage gap” in 2019 are a varied group, but they all live in states that have failed to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion.
The planned closing of Mercy Hospital underscores the dramatic loss of maternity services in Chicago over the past year — reflecting the failure of local government agencies to adequately fund critical services in vulnerable communities.